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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 948: 1,167 bombers are dispatched without escort to visually attack enemy pockets on the French Gironde estuary; 2 B-24s are lost; other Allied AFs and French naval units attack similar targets; the air attacks precede a ground assault by a French detachment of the Sixth Army Group on the defense pockets which deny the Allies use of port facilities in the Bordeaux area:

1. 480 of 490 B-17s hit 15 strongpoints and flak batteries in the Bordeaux/Royan, Pointe Coubre and Pointe Grave areas; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 1 airman is WIA.

2. 315 of 336 B-24s hit 12 strongpoints and flak batteries in the same area as Force 1; 2 B-24s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 18 airmen are KIA, 8 WIA and 12 MIA.

3. 338 of 341 B-17s attack 4 strongpoints and flak batteries in the Bordeaux/Royan area without loss.

4. 31 P-47s and P-51s fly scouting missions.

5. 9 of 11 P-51s escort 8 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Royan and Germany.

Mission 949: 10 of 11 B-24s drop leaflets in Germany, the Netherlands and France during the night.

Mission 950: An experimental bombing operation is flown by a Mosquito and B-24s against Neuruppin Airfield, Germany; the mission is unsuccessful.

1 of 4 B-24s completes a CARPETBAGGER mission to Denmark during the night.

HQ 352d Fighter Group and the 486th and 487th Fighter Squadrons move from Chievres, Belgium to Bodney, England with P-51s.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

Carpetbagger Casualty Report - George J Hoerter , ASN# 713443, Co-Pilot; of Jefferson Cty, KY: WIA - 14/15 April 1945 - Crash landing at Liege, Belgiumsource: The Carpetbaggers http://www.801492.org/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #164 Royan area. Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 110.75 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #17. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 38 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
388BG Mission Report - For this mission the 388th furnished three Groups for the 45th Combat Wing. Our a/c were airborne between 0437 and 0518 hours and none aborted this mission.

Formations were effected and the briefed route to the target was followed. On the route to the target, Lt. Jackson in a/c 43-37896 "Forever Amber" and crew bailed-out of their burning a/c over Leon, France. All crew members are safe. Lt. Meader in a/c #239 had to leave the formation and returned early alone, and landed at 1058 hours.

Our 36 a/c returned to base between 1203 and 1233 hours.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - The Group waa rested for a couple of days and then given a most surprising target. This was Royan near Bordeaux, a coastal fortress still held by the Germans. French troops were about to move in to eliminate these lingering Germans and required the knocking out of the big coastal guns beforehand. The weather was perfectly clear and the bombing results were up to the usual 401st standard 90% within the 1,000 foot circle and 100% within the 2,000 foot circle. The mission was almost like a practice mission with no enemy opposition of any kind and all aircraft and crews returned safely. 613th crews on this mission were: 42-102947 Berneburg, 43-38458 Shepard, 42-31591 Maharick, 42-107039 Lovelace, 44-6588 Levy, 44-6313 Tripi, 44-8767 McKenny, 43-38758 King, 43-37706 Evans, 44-6842 Shunk, 43-38160 Long.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This mission was a visual attack on enemy pockets and gun positions on the French Atlantic coast. 1,133 four-engined bombers of the 8th Air Force dropped 3,318 tons of bombs on enemy strong points and flak batteries with the 401st B.G. furnishing 38 aircraft to form the 94th "C" Group under the command of Captain A.R. Seder Jr. French troops were about to move in to eliminate the lingering German strongpoints and requested that the Air Force knock out the coastal guns beforehand. 90% of the bombs fell within 1,000 feet of the circle and the clear weather and lack of opposition of any kind made it seem almost a practice run. All operational aircraft had taken off by 0619 hrs that morning but some strangers had arrived at the base some hours before this. This was a group of seven RAF Halifaxes that were diverted to Deenethorpe when their own field, RAF Brighten, had been closed to them. The 614th Squadron loading list was as follows: 42-102468 Gibson, 42-107151 Salisbury, 43-38791 Sorensen, 42-97322 Yeargan, 42-102077 Viehman, 42-32012 James, 43-38425 Reinhard, 42-97931 Ayre, 42-97780 Gray, 43-38646 Cameron.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - The crews were quite surprised to see the route on the briefing room map this morning. They couldn't understand why they would be going on a mission to France. The target was a Nazi garrison which had been holding out in the Royan area on the west coast of France, at the Gironde Estuary. The Nazi soldiers in these isolated places have spent most of their time in construction of anti-tank ditches, barbed wire, trenches, pill boxes and other emplacements. These garrisons have been supplied by submarines, coastal craft, and air lifts. However, in recent months, these methods have not been functioning well. As a result the Nazis have made harassing attacks on nearby civilian areas. It was deemed necessary to silence these garrisons once and for all. So, today the 44th dispatched 36 aircraft, 10 of them 67th's, to bomb this "forgotten front". The Group was briefed to fly second in the Combat Wing formation to this Bordeaux area with Lt. Reynolds flying as Group deputy lead. Our Lt. Brown led one six ship element, and Lt. Bledsoe was abortive due to mechanical failure. The mission was to be flown with no fighter support, with 1000 and 2000 lb bombs. The 44th's formation assumed the lead of the 14th Wing at the Division assembly line. The bombs were dropped by the six sections with excellent results, and SAV's show all bomb patterns to be within 1000 feet of the MPI. Meager and inaccurate flak was the only enemy opposition encountered, and all aircraft returned safely to base. Our Squadron's nine aircraft dropped their 2000 pounders with excellent results.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Royan, France - Flak Emplacements. A/C Took Off: 33. A/C Bombed Target: 33. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Royan area, France

Each plane carried 4 2,000 pounders, and no guns or gunners to conserve weight, as the group bombed German defensive positions guarding the port of Bordeaux.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
467th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
486th Bomb Group Flimsy reportsource: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102380).
Organization: 331BS / 94BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: .
Notes: ground collision.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-37840).
Organization: 367BS / 306BG of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
Pilot: Vieille, Robert A.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Isle of Man/Pearlwick Bay English Channel.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8416).
Organization: 331BS / 94BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage):
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8922).
Organization: 838BS / 487BG of Lavenham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Poitevin, Anton (NMI).
Notes: crashed destroyed by fire.
Location: Clacton England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50446).
Organization: 578BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Warner, Charles W.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Gressen Hall/ 1/2mi W England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95120).
Organization: 754BS / 458BG of Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk.
Pilot: Totten, David R.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-100425).
Organization: 752BS / 458BG of Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk.
Pilot: Gibson, Rex M.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24M (#44-50533).
Organization: 787BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Huyck, Richard E.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Attlebridge, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#42-106492W).
Organization: / 2AD of Ketteringham Hall, Norfolk.
Pilot: Llewellyn, Frank A Jr.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Hardwick, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D25 (#44-72789).
Organization: 336FS / 4FG of Debden, Essex.
Pilot: Baugh, Donald J.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Debden, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: UC-64A (#44-70260).
Organization: 460Sd / 446BG of Bungay, Suffolk.
Pilot: Borkoski, Henry S.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Debden, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission Stats (Targets, Aircraft, Casualties, etc.)

Mission "8th AF 948"
Bordeaux strong points and batteries
April 14, 1945

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
Aircraft
Sent
Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
Personnel
KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
116711333318.40-0-00-0-02-4-218-9-122x 389BG aircraft collide
458BG aircraft crashes Horsham St. Faith
458BG aircraft crashes Spixworth
392BG aircraft crashes take-off
388BG aircraft abandoned over Lyon, France
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Mission Targets

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BORDEAUX/ROYAN, FRANCE
Defenses
Coastal Batteries1133 A/Cphotos (1)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
384BG
401BG
457BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
448BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
389BG (2 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

Aircraft
Sent
Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
Personnel
KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
30300.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo4 A/C

Chaff
9 A/C
CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Reconnaissance
Skywave1 A/C
CONTINENT
Reconnaissance
weather5 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
3 A/C
BORDEAUX/ROYAN FRANCE
Reconnaissance
photo4 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
7th Photographic Group (Recon)
5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)